Staff Reporter

Sangam organises Tamil music competition

TIRUCHI: They tried and, it multiplied. When the Tiruchi Tamizh Isai Sangam, a newly-floated body, invited applications from students of schools and colleges in Tiruchi to participate in an exclusive Tamil music competition, it did not expect such an overwhelming response.

The competition was held in the city recently when scores of students from different colleges and schools in different parts of the district not only participated in the competition but also exhibited their talents, adapting themselves to the stipulations for eligibility to take part in the same.

This was the first such contest in Tiruchi, with a focus on promoting Tamil music.

The stipulations among other things included a strict ban on singing film songs.

Songs from ancient Tamil epics or other literary works like Kamba Raamayanam, Silapadhikaram, Tirukkural, Bharathiar's poetry, Namakkal Kavignar's works, Thevaram, Tiruvasagam, etc. alone should be sung.

"We were surprised when we came to know about students' knowledge in these ancient literary works and Tamil music as well", says K. Aranagarajan, secretary of the Sangam.

Separate contests were held for college and school students. Among the college students, N. Venkataraman from the Mookambigai College of Engineering and Technology, Tiruchi bagged the first prize.

The second and third prize went to A. Vaishnavi and M. Suganya both from Srimad Andavan College of Arts and Science, respectively.

Among the school students, V. Venkat Nagarajan from The Boys Higher Secondary School, Srirangam, walked away with the first prize.

The second prize went to R. Srijanani from the Girls Higher Seccondary School, Srirangam while J. Swarna Kamatchi from Sri Akilandeswari Vidyalaya, Tiruvanaikovil got the third prize.

Annual feature

"The contest will be an annual feature in future. From next year, the contest would be extended to the students of the middle schools too", Mr. Arangarajan added.